From the altar to politics suspended priest in the Catholic Diocese of Gboko who left the ecclesiastical temple, Hyacinth Alia, will be flying the flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its gubernatorial candidate in Benue State.
His victory at the party’s primary election reverberated like a bolt of thunder.
Alia wrestled divinely and spiritually perhaps to get the mandate from other gladiators in the party including Terlumun Paul Ikya; a university don, Prof. Terhemba Shija; Chief Steven Lawani; Dr. Sam Ode; Dr. John Tor Tsuwa; Senator Barnabas Gemade; Barr. Herman Iorwase Hembe; Mark Tersoo Hanmation; Engr Nick Wende and a former minister of Justice, Chief Mike Kaase Aondoakaa.
As activities intensify for the 2023 general elections, Alia’s emergence as the APC gubernatorial candidate sends a signal that Benue is one of the states to watch in the 2023 election.
To observers, Alia is a first timer and has no political structure, but he shockingly made giant steps and has been identified as “Yes Father.” He has wormed his ways into the heart of many.
He had previously said that his divine mission is to wake the state from coma and alleviate the sufferings of people. “After preaching the gospel on the pulpit for 32 years, I decided to extend it to governance” he said.
It will be recalled that Alia was suspended from celebrating public Eucharistic mass by the Catholic Bishop of Gboko Diocese, William Avenya, due to his participation in partisan politics.